Medical Laboratory Science
- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Medical Laboratory Science? - Program Spotlight
Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) perform laboratory analyses to help the physician detect, diagnose and treat disease. Lab scientists work with sophisticated laboratory instruments and computers that must be kept in optimal operating condition to give the most accurate results. The volume and sophistication of laboratory testing will increase as the population ages. Physicians base about 70% of their diagnoses and treatment decisions on the results of laboratory testing.
Medical Laboratory Scientists work under the supervision of a medical laboratory director in such departments as blood bank, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, phlebotomy, body fluid analysis, and molecular testing.
The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus with an internship in an affiliated laboratory.
The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS.) NAACLS can be contacted at the following: 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. (773) 714-8880.
Career opportunities exist mainly in the clinical laboratories at hospitals and medical centers and physician offices. Other opportunities may exist in the pharmaceutical industry, research and biotechnology; government crime labs, accreditation offices, environmental technology, veterinary medicine and lab information systems; humanitarian work in the Peace Corps, Project Hope, and medical missionary workers. Many assume positions as laboratory directors and supervisors.
The average annual base salary of full-time medical laboratory scientists was $62,440 in 2016. Laboratory managers averaged $89,762. Salaries are increasing annually.
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307